City of Wayzata logo

Wayzata Weekly

City Events Scheduled For Next Week:          

Daylight Savings Ends                         Sun.      Nov. 5            2:00 a.m.

School Board Election                         Tues.     Nov. 7           7 a.m. - 8p.m.      

Parks & Trails Board Meeting              Wed.     Nov. 8            6 p.m.

Comp. Plan Vision Workshop              Thurs.   Nov. 9      4-5 p.m. & 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Comp. Plan Advisory Committee         Thurs.    Nov. 9         4-6 p.m.

City Hall Offices Closed for Holiday     Fri.        Nov. 10        Closed all day

Hot Topics:

Wayzata 2040 Vision Workshops

You are invited to help shape the future of Wayzata by attending an upcoming Visioning Workshop. These workshops are part of the Wayzata 2040, Sailing Ahead - the public engagement piece of Wayzata's Comprehensive Plan update.

These workshops will explore the key trends and drivings impacting the Future of Wayzata, explore a range of plausible futures and allow you to join the conversation that will help shape the future of Wayzata. City residents and stakeholders are welcome to attend any workshop. When a group is noted, the conversation will be generally geared towards that group. Additional workshop dates will be added to this list and posted at
vision workshop

Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to the top voted photos for the 2017 Picture Wayzata Photo Contest! Thank you to all that voted and submitted photos. Winners received a gift card to the Wayzata Bar & Grill. Keep taking photos for the 2018 Picture Wayzata Photo Contest! We love seeing your photos!

holding on
"Holding On"
Nancy Cohodes
bubble bonanza
"Beach Bubble Bonanza"
Nancy Cohodes
climbing tree
"Summer fun climbing trees along the Lake St. train tracks near the Wayzata Depot!"
Kati Stillwell
ask the mayor

November Ask the Mayor

Watch the latest Ask the Mayor show to get all the details coming up in November. Guests and topics include: Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce President Becky Pierson talks about Light Up the Lake Celebration and Jingle Mingle for Officer Mathews; Wayzata Police Department Officer Dan Lee provides information on the Toys for Tots Collection with the Wayzata Police Department, reminds us about the Snow Parking Ordinance overnight parking restrictions and tells us about Wayzata to the Wall fundraiser; and City Manager Jeffrey Dahl provides updates on various items coming from city hall.
yard waste

Fall Leaf Pick-Up

The City of Wayzata Fall Leaf Pick-up is Monday, November 13th. Leaves must be in compostable bags and placed curbside by 7:00 a.m. The bags must state that they meet ASTM D6400 standards for compositing and they are “compostable.” Bags marked “biodegradable” or “degradable” do not meet the state law. For more information, call Randy’s Environmental Services at 763-972-3335.

Where to Take Your Yard Waste

It’s that time of year--time to clean up all the leaves that have fallen down in your yard! The City of Wayzata’s compost site is available for soft-bodied yard waste (such as grass and leaves). The compost site, located at Public Works, 299 Wayzata Boulevard West, is open from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday,
except for holidays. The compost site is also open weekends (Saturdays and Sundays)  the first two weekends in November from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The compost site is for the use of Wayzata residents only. Residents must obtain an annual beach parking and compost permit at City Hall.

Wayzata residents can take brush to the Plymouth Yard Waste Site with a driver’s license. For additional information, call Rebecca at Wayzata Public Works at 952-404-5363 or go to
snow removal

Snow Removal and Parking Ban

With winter upon us, please remember a few important reminders regarding snow removal and parking.

If the snowfall is 2 or more inches before 8 p.m., the snow parking regulations go into effect at 2 a.m. the next morning. At that time, snow plowing will begin and any vehicles parked on unplowed streets will be tagged and/or towed.

If an accumulation of 2 inches or more occurs after 8 p.m., the snow parking ban will go into effect the following morning at 2 a.m. (24 hours later).

 If there is an accumulation of snow after 8 p.m., plowing may occur. Cars parked on the street will not be tagged, but cars may be plowed in.

The parking ban shall remain in effect until the snow has been removed or plowed to the curb line.

Snow Emergency Notifications

Stay informed by signing up for Snow Emergency Parking Ban Alerts. Subscribers receive email notifications from the City when citywide snow plowing is planned. Sign up for text and email alerts for the Snow Emergency Parking Ban under the “Notify Me” link on the website.

Residents can also visit or call 952-404-5369 after 8 p.m. to learn if the parking ordinance is in effect.
live show

Mexican Folk Dance

Saturday, November 4, 1-2 p.m.
Join us for a festive celebration of Mexican folk dance and music! This colorful and energetic performance will feature Alma Folklorica, a diverse 16-member dance group of children from the Church of St. George in Long Lake. Experience the dances, music and vibrant traditional costumes from six states of Mexico. Sponsor: Friends of the Wayzata Library. Collaborator: Alma Folklorica. This program takes place at Wayzata City Hall. All ages welcome!
veterans day

Veterans Day Salute

On Veterans Day, November 11 at 10 a.m. in the Folkestone Auditorium (100 Promenade Ave.), the Lake Minnetonka Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will honor veterans through its sixth annual Veterans Day Salute. This year, the chapter will host a special indoor ceremony at Folkestone of Wayzata, where they will welcome two speakers, former Senator Rudy Boschwitz and U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Maureen Banavige, to share their inspiring words to veterans and guests. The event is open to the public.


Light Up the Lake Celebration

Wayzata’s Light Up the Lake Celebration is returning with even more holiday fun! Join the kickoff to the festivities on Friday, November 24. Many activities are returning including the annual tree lighting ceremony with Mayor Ken Willcox, Santa’s Reindeer, holiday treats and drinks from the Wayzata Bar & Grill, carolers, horse drawn wagon rides, and the fourth annual Parade of Lights with the Wayzata Fire Department. Bring your camera for pictures with Santa at the Depot! Then on November 25, don’t forget to shop Wayzata for Small Business Saturday. More events are planned for the Light Up the Lake Celebration. Visit and for all the details!


Department Updates:



Wayzata School Board Election

The City of Wayzata administers city, state and federal elections for its residents on even numbered years. The odd numbered year (2017) school district elections are administered by each school district, not the city.  
If you wish to vote in your polling place on election day:
Polls will be open 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 7. 
Visit for your specific polling location or call 763-745-5070.

Absentee Voting
Absentee voting for the November 7, 2017 School Board Election is available in person at school district offices (not at Wayzata City Hall) starting on September 22.
You no longer need a special reason to vote absentee or take advantage of early voting. 
School district #284 eligible voters, except those living in the City of Minnetonka (see below), may vote early in person at the School District Administration Building, 210 County Road 101 in Wayzata:
Questions? Email or call 763-745-5050.

Minnetonka residents can vote early in person at Minnetonka City Hall, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd.

School district #278 eligible voters may vote early in person at the Orono School District Office, 685 Old Crystal Bay Road N. Long Lake, MN 55356.

Please contact Stephanie at 952-449-8304 if you have any questions.

Learn more about voting – including how to register – at
For a sample ballot, click here.

Homestead Filing

Residents who recently purchased a new home may file for homestead classification. Benefits include possible eligibility for reduced property taxes or a property tax refund. The deadline to file is December 15 at Homes must be owned and occupied by December 1, 2017 to be eligible for taxes payable in 2018. For more info, contact the City’s Assessor, Rolf Erickson with Southwest Assessing, at 763-473-3978 or email


During the month of October, the Wayzata Fire Department responded to 29 calls for service.

Don't forget to change your smoke alarm batteries when you change your clocks this weekend!


Motor Vehicle

Passport Appointments
Traveling abroad in the new year? Passport applicants are encouraged to apply for or renew U.S. passports well ahead of planned travel, as it is peak time for passport processing. Passports processing typically takes 4-6 weeks to receive so schedule your appointment now.

Schedule your passport appointment online, get the full list availability, hours, and instructions at Contact the Wayzata Motor Vehicle Department directly at 952-404-5320 with any questions or concerns.


Officers responded to the report of a theft of tires in progress at a local car dealership.  Officers arrived and apprehended a 39 year-old Mound man at the scene.  He was arrested and jailed pending charges.
Police and fire responded to a three vehicle injury accident on Central Avenue at the north entrance to Colonial Square.  One vehicle careened into the front of the building at Colonial Square.
Last Friday evening’s snow and ice resulted in five motor vehicle crashes along Highway 12 in a 90 minute time period.

There are two unique opportunities to support Officer Mathews Family coming up this month in Wayzata. See poster details below.
wayzata to the wall
jingle mingle

Public Works

Miscellaneous Public Works Activities

The City’s contractor has removed the temporary floating docks and swimming dock for the season.
The Parks Department has closed the doggie park at Klapprich Park and has begun placing holiday lights around town.

County Road 112 Reconstruction – Long Lake

Hennepin County, along with their contractor, Eureka Construction, continue work on the reconstruction of County Road 112 (Old Highway 12) through Long Lake.  This construction area extends from Willow Drive to Wolf Pointe Trail.  For more information on the project and to sign up to receive project updates, visit the project website at

Wayzata Bar & Grill

Save room for dessert!

We have three scrumptious desserts on our new dessert menu. Ask to see the new dessert menu the next time you dine in.

cheese curds

Sunday Football Game Specials

Root on your favorite team with our food and drink specials!

Wayzata Wine & Spirits

November Wine of the Month: Marietta Wines

All month long, we have a special featured pricing on Marietta Wines! Stop in during our tastings for a sample or pick up a bottle to try with dinner tonight!
Marietta Old Vine Red:  14.99, sale 11.99
Marietta Old Vine Rosé:  15.99, sale 12.99
Marietta Christo:  25.99, sale 19.99
Marietta Arme:  24.99, sale 19.99


Free Upcoming Tastings

Friday, Nov. 3, 3-6p.m., Stop in for a tasting of Owen Roe Wines!
Thursday, Nov. 9, 5-7p.m., Join us for a tasting of Marietta Wines, our wine of the month!

Fall Specials! 

Check out these special savings for the month of November!



Jeffrey Dahl, City Manager
Powered by CivicSend - A product of CivicPlus